What is DMCA? Lets dive into what is is and explain it in simple terms so that everyone can understand it. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is a US copyright law which helps protect the intellectual copyright of digital assets. In simple words, it protects against digital piracy and the theft of one’s products or services.
To put it in simple words, when a developer creates a software and sells it on his website. Hackers can crack the protection of that software (DRM, serial, license key) and distribute it for free on various pirate websites. This hurts the developer’s revenue as well as the reputation and future sales. What can this developer do in order to prevent this illegal distribution of his software?
This is where the DMCA shines, as it’s his front line legal tool to take action. He first has to find all the places where his content is being distributed illegally and then issue a DMCA notice to the websites and its operators. This is a first step in notifying the websites owners and operators that the content they are hosting on their website is infringing the developer’s copyrights.
After that, his content should be removed if all the DMCA letter was submitted correctly and to the right correspondent.
It is important to understand that the DMCA is a legal binding document which you must fill in with lawful details and information which correspond to correct and real contact details and things that indeed infringe your copyrights. There have been numerous cases of false claims which have been restored due to a counter-notice of the claim. In many cases, there have been even court cases that have been escalated to courts cause of damages caused by the digital millennium act submitted and the downtime it caused.
One can do the whole procedure on his own but it is trivial and can take a huge amount of time and resources of a person. We will soon publish a detailed guide on how to submit a DMCA notice. Pirat provides affordable automated DMCA takedown service solutions which can be used for all sorts of types of content. Feel free to get in touch with us for a free consultation on how you can best combat piracy of your products and use the DMCA to its full potential.